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  President Pushes Tax Reform Proposal in North Dakota Visit  CSPAN  September 10, 2017 1:05pm-1:48pm EDT

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his job will be gone. he's in the fishing industry. what are we going to do with this generation to help rebuild? payroll andm on the start building, or going to build? you are going to need medical and they're not going to have a place to stay. thatt want to point out there is going to be a significant impact and yes, it and theto florida economy in the state and all, but at the federal level also, when the income of people drop in florida, there will negatively impact the federal income tax that's being selected from the state.
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he talked about the government's response to hurricane harvey and irma and pledged support for people in drought-stricken western states. let's listen in. this is 40 minutes. ♪ president trump: thank you, everybody, thank you. said, mr.or
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president, we could have had 25 times the numbers of people. but for policy speeches, they like to keep them just like this. i appreciate it. this is truly a tremendous state. we appreciate you being here. thank you. policy we are talking about is cutting your taxes. you like that policy? you are the hard-working people that provide the energy that makes this country run. we are finally getting the government out of the way so you can do your jobs, finally happening. prior to leaving the white house, i had a great bipartisan meeting with democrat and republican leaders in congress. i am committed to working with both parties to deliver for our wonderful, wonderful citizens. it's about time. we had a great meeting with chuck schumer, and the whole republican leadership group. i'll tell you what.
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we walked out of there, mitch and paul, everybody, kevin, and we walked out and everybody was happy. not to happy, because you can never be too happy, but they were happy enough. it was nice to see that happen for a change because that hasn't happened for a long time in this country, for a very long time. i wanted to give moment to send our thoughts and prayers to the people of texas and louisiana. we have another one coming. our hearts are heavy with sadness for those who have lost everything. us withe also filled hope because you watched and you witness to the unease -- the unyielding strength and resilience of the american spirit. you look at that in texas. you saw that in louisiana. you saw that in the spirit of
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other people coming from all over. i was there twice. the people were absolutely incredible, what they have gone through. you would not believe this could have happened. i know you have a little bit of a drought. they have the opposite, believe me. you are better off. you are better off if they have the absolute opposite. the compassion of our citizens and the courage of our first responders makes us all very proud to be an american. i can tell you that i was deeply inspired by the faith and perseverance of those who i met and by all of the people that were there, so many people. unfortunately, now, we are getting ready to respond to hurricane irma and these incredible people that we have at fema and the other groups, they thought they would get a night of sleep, one night -- just one night.
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they are and i getting anything. they are now going to florida, puerto rico and the virgin islands. they are already there. they are being hit with some very strong and powerful wind. theynes coming out, irma, are saying is the largest one in recorded history in the atlantic ocean coming out of the atlantic. it's big ones. i want to thank everybody and all of the people that are going down. they are only now i get in harms way. we will work together to save lives, protect families, and support those in need. recover and will rebuild. i want to tell people of north dakota and the western states were feeling the pain of the devastating drought that we are with you 100%. 100%. touchve been in close numerous times with secretary of
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agriculture. fabulous job. sonny perdue, who has been working with your governor and your delegation to help provide relief. we are doing everything we can. i just said to the governor, i didn't know you had droughts this far north. guess what, you have it. we are working hard and it will disappear. it will all go away. stand sean and unified with our farmers and ranchers, the back loan of america. that i can tell you 100%. we are here today to talk about our plan to create a new age of american prosperity by reducing the crushing tax burden on our companies and on our workers. the taxes are crazy. the highest taxed nation in the world. we are going to turn that around very quickly.
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this is a once in a generation opportunity here at i mean that. i think this is the one time you're going to get. i'm honored to be joined by some of the fantastic leaders who share this goal with us. senator hoven, stand up, senator. doing a fantastic job. come on up, senator. get up here. fantastic job. thank you, senator. governor bergen, come on up, governor. beautiful job. come on. sanford.t governor the governor told me he is the best lieutenant governor in the country, so i don't know. we will check it out. congressman cramer. senator heitkamp.
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senator, come on up. and i have to say you are all in favor of tax cuts, aren't you? >> absolutely. president trump: come on up, senator. these are great people. they work hard. they are 4100%. we want their support because we need to support the you can see what is happening in congress. we can't get anything through in congress. we need their support. everyone is saying what are you doing up here? good woman. i think we will have your support. i hopee will have your support. thank you for coming up, senator. senators, thank you. thank you. th a a igo cpa
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togeer working together, we will restore america's competitive edge by passing tax cuts and reform that will make america the best place in the world to hire, invest, and to grow. we love our country. we love our people. we want to create more jobs in america for american. i want to welcome a great friend and a true american visionary who has created thousands of jobs in north dakota and all around the country. he has been a friend of mine right from the beginning. he said i should do this. absolutely, you have to do it. a great, great american success story. harold hamm. where is harold? come here, harold. thousands and thousands of jobs. you know, barry switcher was at my office and they have never
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had this thing. you have probably heard this. but harold was a little bit late and barry was talking to me. eight super bowl and calls number one, right? he said you know that guy, mr. trump? that was before i was president. he said that guy, his company spent billions of dollars and they don't find oil. harold hamm put a stick in the ground and oil flies out. i guess he's rich. >> you find oil and north dakota. thank you, harold. north dakota is an inspiring example of the amazing things that are possible when we unleash the genius of american the red tapenite -- and i tell you, we have to
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unite everything, and all that red tape becomes beautiful when you get rid of it. are we getting rid of a lot of red tape, by the way? and we a lot of the extraordinary potential of our great american workers. north dakota chose to embrace american industry and the american worker, even when many in washington wanted to tax and regulate your industries totally out of existence. and you do that. you have see what has happened in the last number of eight months. you have seen what has happened, big difference. today, families have new jobs and you hope because of the vast energy wealth that you brought to life right here. you understand the vital truth. washington has no right to shut down energy production because of america's energy wealth doesn't belong to the government . it belongs to the people.
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it belongs to hard-working patriots like you because of the north dakota energy miracle -- todaycall it a miracle -- the state has the lowest unemployment rate of any state in america, nearly half the national average. america to be inspired by what has happened in north dakota and the north dakota example. this state is a reminder of what can happen when we promote american jobs instead of obstruct american jobs, which has been happening, believe me. and by the way, ivanka trump? everybody loves ivanka.
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come up, honey. shall i bring ivanka up? come on. sometimes, they will say, he can't be that bad a guy. look at ivanka. come on up, honey. she's so good. she wanted to make the trip. she said, dad, can i go -- she actually said, daddy, can i go with you? i love that. hi, honey. say something, baby. >> hi, north dakota. we love this state. is always a pleasure to be back here. you treated us very, very well in november and have continued to. so we like sharing the love back. thank you. pres. trump: thank you. me.she means it, believe
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since my very first day in pace,, i moved at record and we have gone at a record pace, to eliminate the barriers that have been holding back our economy. you've seen it. so many jobs. stock markets hit new highs. we are getting rid of one job -killing regulation after another. we have lifted the restrictions on shale oil. we've lifted those restrictions on energy of all types. we are putting our miners back to work. we've canceled restrictions on oil and natural gas. intrusion intoa your jobs and into your lives. and we are refocusing the epa on its core mission -- clean air and clean water. that's what i want. clear and -- clean air -- think about it.
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i want beautiful, clean air and i want crystal clean water, right? that's what we want. in order to protect american industry and workers, we withdrew the united states from the job-killing harris climate accord. job killer. people have no idea. many people have no idea how bad that was. here in north dakota, the dakota access pipeline is finally open for business. what politician, if elected president, would have done that one? they would have stayed so far away. and i did it immediately. and i didn't even do it in the case for jobs. it was the right thing to do. . it is now flowing beautifully. it was the right thing to do. despite so many people that were on the other side, calling and
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asking for this not to happen, please, we don't want it to happen, i said why? they didn't know. they just didn't want it to happen. so i did that. i also did keystone. you know about keystone. another one. big one. big. first couple of days in office, those two. 48 thousand jobs. tremendous, german is thing. i think -- tremendous, tremendous thing. environmentally better. i'm keeping my promises to the american people. i do what's right, that's all. i do with right. i don't think about it. i do what's right. we are seeing the results all across country. is near anemployment 60-year low. african-american unemployment is at its lowest point since almost the turn of the millennium.
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wages are rising. optimism among manufacturers is at an all-time high. that is something i am very proud of. and they are moving back. back.mpanies are moving the car companies are coming back. they are going back into ohio and michigan and pennsylvania and lots of places, kentucky, car companies. they are moving back. back.ot to move why should we be allowing other countries to make it, sell the cost, just put them right through our borders, cause us unemployment. is not happening that way, believe me. and it will be more and more so. like you have to cut red -- cut through red tape to do things, it's hard to believe that i have to do things, too. they have it set, i'll tell you. america is back and it's back right on track where it should be and it's happening day after day after day.
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certain areas where you have to give notice of 90 days before you can touch and act or where you can touch an executive order. and then you have to wait another 30 days and another 90 days. all of those days are coming up. and tremendous numbers of regulations have been cut. but soon, you will see even more. and we will have regulation. regulation is not but you don't need 25 times what you're supposed to have. so we will have sensible regulation. country and our economy cannot take off like they should unless we reform america's outdated [indiscernible] an extremely burdensome -- i mean, this is so complicated and so complicated, our tax code. our painful tax system has become a massive area to america's economic comeback. really is.
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we are penalized. it costs us. millions of american jobs, trillions of dollars, and billions of hours wasted on paperwork and noncompliance -- and on compliance. our tax code is a giant, self-inflicted economic wound. in the last 10 years, our economy has grown at an average of only around 2%. some would say less than that. -- talk to the leaders of different countries, i speak to them all the time. they are unhappy about seven or eight points of growth of gdp. i spoke to a leader of a major country recently, big, big country. they say our country is very big, it's hard to grow. believe me, this country is very big. how are you doing to my safe. i have very good -- how are you doing, i say. i have very good relationships with these countries. how are you doing? not good at all. our gdp is 7%.
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7%? i speak to another one. how are you doing? not good. 7%. when you look at our numbers, we were hitting 1% numbers and nobody even talks about it. last quarter, we hit 3% gdp. and i will tell you why. a lot of that had to do with the cutting of the regulation. and a lot of it had to do with optimism. there is a lot of optimism now. people are starting businesses that they had no idea they were going to start a year ago. if we sustained 3% growth instead of 2%, only one point, and i think we have a long we to grow, i know we have a long with to grow, that means 12 -- think of it, one point -- 12 million new jobs and $10 trillion of new economic activity over the next decade. think of that.
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$10 trillion. and if we ever were to 4%, think of that, or 5% or 6%. let's see what happens. they were all sort of smiling when i said 3%. we had the number faster than i thought. but we hit 3% last quarter. if we want to renew our prosperity, restore our opportunity and reestablish our economic dominance, which is what we should be doing, there we need tax reform that is program does, pro-jobs, profamily, and, yes, pro-american. and anybody that is going to vote against tax cuts and tax reform, whether it is in north dakota or anybody is or anyplace else, you have to vote against them and get them out of office. it is so bad.
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this is not a close one. my administration is working with congress to develop a plan that will deliver more jobs, higher pay, lower taxes for businesses of all sizes and middle-class families all across the nation. so is not only business taxes. it's a middle-income families. it's families at every level. every level. tax cuts. our tax plan represents a sharp reversal from the failed policy of the past. and hiss high tax rates companies for doing business in america and encourages them to that's why you see, in so many states, including here for a period of time, now people are starting to stand companies are staying, they would leave for mexico and other places routinely. well, we stopped it and we are stopping it. we are not going to let it happen.
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there has to be a price to pay when that happens, when they let our people go and that happens and they think they can sell the product right back into the usa. there will be a big price to pay other has been. that's why you're seeing a big change. . these washington policies have pushed industries and companies offshore, who then import there goes back into america and layoff their workers in the process. we end up with nothing. not going to happen. my administration strongly rejects this offering model, and we have embraced a new model. it's called the american model, very simple, the american model. under the american model, we are reducing the burdens of our businesses as long as they do business in our country. we want them to do business made in the u.s.. we want them to do business in our country.
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we want companies to hire and grow in america, to raise wages for american workers, and to help rebuild our americans to these and towns. that is how we will all succeed and grow together, as one team, one people, and one american family. love. one american family. we will get into great detail of the next two weeks, but we are working on it with congress now and coming up with very exacting numbers. but here are my four basic decibels for tax reform. that, we need a tax code is simple, fair, and easy to understand, unlike what we have. our tax code has gotten ridiculously complex. this complexity leads to massive frustration, wasted time and wasted money,. lots of wasted money.
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average taxpayer has to wade through 241 pages of instructions to file a basic text form. does anyone know that? pages. a staggering 94% of the families need professional help to do their taxes. they have to get it did which is why the tax-preparation industry generated $10 billion in revenues last year. that is one business i want to drive down. sorry. h&r block will not be supporting donald trump, i can tell you. 6 billion hours each year complying with the tax code. that's why we are proposing dramatic taxable vacation. -- tax supplication.
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hard-working americans their time back and we are giving them their money back. thank you. taxes for will cut middle-class families. tax-cut, major, major the biggest since ronald reagan. the pipefitters and plumbers and nurses and police officers, all the people like you who pour their hearts into every penny anded in both the offices oil fields of america, you are the ones who carry this nation on your back. and it's time for you to get the relief you deserve. it's enough. it's enough. why our tax plan will
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reduce taxes for our middle-class and allow them to keep more of their own money, keep that hard-earned money where you can spend it the way you want to spend it or, guess what, you can also save it. nothing wrong with that, but it's your money. not the government's money. so we will provide tax relief to middle income families through a, nation of benefits, such as raising the standard deduction, increasing the child tax credit, and lowering tax rates substantially. third, we need a tax code that restores our comtitive edge so we can createore jobs and higher wages for american workers. our plan will provide tax relief to businesses of all sizes, and we will cut the business tax rate as much as possible. ideally. , we would like to bring our
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business tax rate down to around 15%. that's a tremendous drop. all told, it will be the greatest tax reduction in the history of our country. greater than ever before. so that has to be something. you will see a rocket ship. you will see something. happen like you have never seen. reduce also dramatically the tax rate for america's small businesses, which have created mother and 60% of the private sector jobs in the recent past. tax relief is on the way from millions of sole proprietors, llc's come and who report their income to their personal -- and they do this -- they put it on their personal tax returns. people think of it as a business, but it is on their personal tax returns. those people with those businesses will be tremendous beneficiaries.
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sounds like many of you have those businesses. tax reform will also benefit midsize business, like north dakota guaranteeing title north dakota guarantee and title company in mandan. nick hacker, where his neck hacker? house business? getting -- how is business? getting better all the time. he says he spends a fortune on accountants to navigate our tech system. like many other american businesses, he would rather spend that money on higher wages for his 140 employees. workers in injured -- workers in energy sector -- thank you. you have a lot of frontier, ni ick. the workers in the energy sector will benefit as well.
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jessica en route, an environmental specialist, says lower business taxes will be a catalyst for energy companies to hire countless of new american workers. so important. we will also protect small businesses and family farmers here in known to coda -- in north dakota and across country by ending the death tax. tremendous burden for the family farmer. tremendous burden. thank you. appreciate it. but a gym and this burden for small businesses and businesses that are not necessarily liquid, but they are great businesses, where you are forced to sell and terrible things happen. joining me today is julie
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ellingson, a fourth-generation cattle rancher and a mother of five from bismarck. where is julie? ranchers, julie worries about the death tax shutting down her family business and keeping her from passing it on to her children to devastating tax. julie, we are not going to allow the death tax or the inheritance tax or whatever you want to call dream.rush the american not going to let it happen. fighting hard. thank you, julie. ronald reagan proved that cutting taxes on american businesses helps american workers win in the world marketplace. when president reagan lowered taxes, american businesses beat out our foreign competition. our economy boomed. the middle class thrived. and median family income
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increased. but then washington stood by while other countries adopted our playbook. but they did it even better than us. they lower their tax rate and reform their taxes -- tax system to be more competitive substantially than that of the united states of america. and america went from leading the pack to following way behind. now our business tax rate is the highest in the developed world. 60% higher than our foreign competitors. pretty bad. princess at a big disadvantage. we are behind france, behind germany, behind canada, japan, ireland, mexico, behind south korea. we are dead last. our high business tax is nothing more than a crushing tax on every product made in america. we have totally surrendered our competitive edge to other
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countries. but we are not surrendering anymore. we are going to reduce the tax soe on american business they can keep our jobs in america, create jobs in america, and compete for workers right here in america. meaning higher wages for workers and greater profits for companies. time to give the american worker a pay raise. that's what we are going to do. finally, we must bring back trillions of dollars in wealth that is parked overseas and can't come back. our tax system penalizes companies that bring wealth they have earned overseas back to america. as a result, corporations have of dollars inns
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foreign countries, money that could be and should be brought back into the united states where it can be invested in american companies, in american jobs, and american workers. our tax plan will give these companies a chance to bring back these funds and bring them back and spend it in cities and towns all across our country. the numbers you are talking about are staggering. the numbers we are talking about $3.5robably between trillion and $5 trillion that cannot come back into r -- and think of it. the democrats want it to come back. the republicans wanted to come back. they wanted for years and nothing gets done. we are going to get it done. switchingng to be
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from a worldwide tax system that encourages companies to keep their funds offshore to a territorial system that encourages companies to bring their off its back home to america, where that money belongs. it is our time to invest in our country. we want to build our communities and we want to build beautiful new ones. we want to rebuild the old ones. and we want to hire -- and you may have heard the term once or twice before -- the fact is we just like that beautiful man's hat -- we want to make america great again. good hat. this is a once in a generation opportunity to reform taxes, rebuild our economy, and restore america's competitive edge. history has proven time and time again that there is no power on earth more awesome and unstoppable than the will of the american people.
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you saw that on november 8, believe me. you saw that on november 8. demand it and if you call of people in congress, good people -- sometimes maybe not but good intention, people -- congress will deliver on it because they have no choice. you have to call your congressman. you have to call your senators. you have to make sure that they do what they have to do. and believe me, we haven't given up on health care. we haven't given up on health care. we never give up. one vote. one vote. think of it, one vote. terrible. terrible situation took place that night. we can't let that happen again. we cannot let that happen again. but we will get it done one way or the other. but only if you demand it. only if you, the american people, tell congress to stop putting party first and start
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putting america first. only then will it happen. you can remind them that both of passedgan tax cuts were by a democratic majority in the house, a democratic speaker, and a vast majority of democrats in the senate, including a democratic senator from the great state of north dakota. so it can happen. you listening, heidi? yes. yes, she heard that. thank you, heidi. we are not going to put her on the spot. i am not putting her on the spot. if democrats don't want to bring back your jobs, cut your taxes, raise your pay, and help america win, voters should deliver a clear message. do your job to deliver for
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america or find a new job. do something else. just do something else. americans,all republican, democrat, and independent, to join with me, with each other, to demand tax cuts and tax reform that will put america first. we're going to put america first. it's time. accept ager have to tax code that lets special interests win at the expense of the middle class. we no longer have to accept a rigged system. you know all about rigged systems. we talked about plenty times in the campaign. you think anything is so different? but we are going to make it different. we are going to get that straight out, to. the rewards companies for shipping jobs overseas and punishes them for investing in america. they actually get punished under the tax code for investing in
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our country. we can heal the self-inflicted wound and we can reestablish our economic dominance all over the world. we can give our workers the level playing field they deserve. and they will win because, if the fight is fair, no one on earth can beat the american worker or the american company. nobody. nobody. when we do, store shelves all across this country, those shelves, they are going to be so packed. all around the world will be lined again with products proudly bearing the words "made in the usa." so you remember, when we were growing up, it was either "made in america" or " made in the
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usa." why do you like better? made in america? for made in the usa? you like made in the usa? we should probably pick one or the other probably? that we ought to have one of the other? i think made in the usa, right? made in the usa? there was such incredible pride? that is coming back? the quality of what we do is second to none? if america comes together. if the people speak with one voice, we will bring back our jobs, we will bring back our wealth. and for every citizen across our great land, we will bring back the american dream. bring it back. i want to thank the people of north dakota who have been so incredible to me. i have semi-friends here. i have semi-people -- i have so many friends here. i have so many people that i respect in this incredible state.
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i want to say god bless you, god bless the american worker, and god bless the united states of america, and i appreciate you being out your today. thank you. thank you. thank you very much. ♪
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>> the week ahead in congress includes debate in this and -- the senate over an authorization bill. for more information, we spoke with a capitol hill reporter.